House Sparrows http://www.nhm.org/nature/taxonomy/term/224/all en Museum Makes Room for Nesting Cliff Swallows http://www.nhm.org/nature/blog/museum-makes-room-nesting-cliff-swallows <p>Cliff swallows have moved onto, rather than into the Museum! Last week, Kimball Garrett, Museum bird expert, reported finding a nest under the eaves of the building directly facing the historic LA Memorial Coliseum. As he got close enough to snap this photograph, Kimball observed a pair of young swallows peering out of their finely crafted mud dwelling.<br /> <img alt="" src="/nature/sites/default/files/cliffswallows.jpg" /></p> <p><a href="http://www.nhm.org/nature/blog/museum-makes-room-nesting-cliff-swallows" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.nhm.org/nature/blog/museum-makes-room-nesting-cliff-swallows#comments bird birds cliff swallows House Sparrows nest nesting Passer domesticus Petrochelidon pyrrhonota Blog Tue, 23 Jun 2015 18:33:48 +0000 Lila Higgins 873 at http://www.nhm.org/nature Ankle Bracelets for House Sparrows http://www.nhm.org/nature/blog/ankle-bracelets-house-sparrows <p>Last week, husband and wife ornithologist team Kimball Garrett (Museum ornithology collections manager) and Kathy Molina (Museum Research Associate) partnered with citizen science staff to band house sparrows (<em>Passer domesticus</em>). We hope that by banding these birds, we&#39;ll be able to understand how they use our urban environment. These little brown birds are literally everywhere, yet not much is known about their local behavior. &nbsp;What we do know is that they are originally from Europe and were purposefully introduced to North America starting in the 1850s.</p> <p><a href="http://www.nhm.org/nature/blog/ankle-bracelets-house-sparrows" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.nhm.org/nature/blog/ankle-bracelets-house-sparrows#comments bird banding Citizen Science color banding House Sparrows Kathy Molina Kimball Garrett Passer domesticus Blog Fri, 10 Apr 2015 23:33:56 +0000 Lila Higgins 867 at http://www.nhm.org/nature North Campus DIY http://www.nhm.org/nature/blog/north-campus-diy <p>This week I've been working with Jared Nielsen, one of the Museum's Exhibit Technicians, who also happens to be a DIY (Do it Yourself) enthusiast. With his help we've managed to build and install two nest boxes and launch our first garden surveillance balloon!</p> <p><a href="http://www.nhm.org/nature/blog/north-campus-diy" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.nhm.org/nature/blog/north-campus-diy#comments balloon mapping birds DIY do it yourself European Starlings Grassroots Mapping House Sparrows Jared Nielsen Kimball Garrett nest boxes Sam Easterson Western Bluebirds Blog Fri, 30 Mar 2012 09:10:00 +0000 Lila Higgins 703 at http://www.nhm.org/nature